In two superb essays published in the London Review of Books recently, Perry Anderson describes the politics of Italy’s Second Republic in the context of the consolidation of power by Silvio Berlusconi and the recent history of the Italian Left, respectively. These are worth reading by anyone interested in politics and contempory European history in general and to those on the Left in particular. To coincide with this I decided to dig through the archives of the Irish Socialist Network and put up two pamphlets on Italian political history that I worked on a while ago.
This post concerns the first, Italy’s Red Decade, which deals with the surge of popular activism that occurred in Italy after 1968 and the subsequent huge mobilization in factories and in communities that lead this New Left to become the largest and most impressive popular movement for social change in Western Europe.
Ultimately, however, the Italian Communist Party, who claimed the leadership of this new movement, were unable to channel the forces that exploded after 1968 leading to the failure of the movement as a whole.
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